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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,614 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,614
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 351
Gots: 686 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006)
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Fleeflam, Jul 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

xipho, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

jman892, Sep 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Rihup, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Beerlover, Jul 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Jflo, Mar 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

OhNo789, Nov 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

2beerdogs, May 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

bluesplit63, Sep 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Renegrenade, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of thequeen711
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders hopsey-piney, grapefruity,spicy, and flowery IPA isn't too bad for an IPA...maybe the Double IPA helps. Nose distinctly of grapefruit, brings to mind a fresh and quenching beer, just light enough for the summer heat. Not being one to appreciate a hoppy beew, I can tolerate this one, and may have a few more before the summer's over.

thequeen711, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of diverite
3/5  rDev -28.9%

diverite, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of ne0m00re
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Light, clear golden color. Poured with a thin film of white, which died quickly to a thin lace. The second pour redeemed the first, achieving a head, which slowly died to a thin film.
S: Apple juice and some pineapple, but mostly just bright--not piney--hops. There is a very sweet, alcoholic golden raisin and faint bread aroma in the background.
T: Gin alcohol and apple juice, but with less of the citrus pineapple, which comes off like orange extract. It is mildly sweet, but the gin alcohol lingers harshly. The taste is overwhelmed by the biting hops... and not in a good, complex way. It reminds me of drinking tea that's been steeped for too long.
M: Very thin, with little carbonation. It has a nice crispness to it, but it is too light for the alcohol.
D: Very good for the high 9.4% ABV. That being said, I probably wouldn't order more than one in a row.

ne0m00re, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Bottled date of 02/09/12. Pours a vibrant amber with very little head. Some lacing. Aroma is musty with some pine, and earthiness. Taste is piney and earthy. Some hints of citrus and warming alcohol. Musty, earthy finish. Basement-like. Not really digging this all that much. Lightly carbonated. Im diasppointed with this one. Overall, the musty flavor is too much for me. There's a ton better double IPAs out there and many better Founders brews as well. I'll pass on this in the future.

PicoPapa, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of bskrtz
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served cold from tap to beer challice, at "Revolution Brewing Co" in Chicago

A) Appearance is slightly cloudy but light easily passes through, golden, 1 inch white head that lasts several minutes

S) Strong, robust, spicey, alcohol is abundant

T) Bam! Strong bitter hoppy smack. Pungent, Pinesol, sour, grassy. Strong sweet malt as well.

M) Long lasting, ample carbonation. Stays consistent through the pour.

D) One was plenty for me. I acknowledge this style -- Imperial IPA -- is really not my favorite.

bskrtz, May 16, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 6.13.2014, poured into a Founders KBS snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of gold and orange, very clear complexion with a soft, cloudy, white head that has moderate retention and leaves only a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is abrasive, big hoppy grapefruit peel, piney resin and sappiness with strong alcohol. It's pretty blunt and not very intriguing. The flavors are a bit better, strong piney hops, light wildflower, grapefruit peel, balanced well, but those enjoyable hops don't last long as fusel alcohol and light sticky malt takes over and punishes the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, it coats the tongue well, carbonation is mild and feels nice, finishes easily and very dry.

Verdict: A less than impressive DIPA from Founders, just way too boozy and abusive. The hop profile is nice but just gets strongly overpowered by the alcohol character which overpowers the malt which could provide a much nicer counterbalance. Just too intense for me.

kevanb, Jul 31, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -26.1%

Cholland21, Aug 27, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -26.1%

Dreynolds1808, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of SassieCassie
3.14/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA Speigelau glass

Very little head retention about and 1/8 of an inch, poured golden, the color is a a good representation.

Nose: Fruity, pine, and cat-box (note: after about 10-20 minutes the "cat-box" aroma went away and the nose became very piney)

Taste: Wood chips, piney, hops

SassieCassie, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of MBrausen
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. With an aggressive pour, it is a nice coda colored orange with a 2mm thick head, quickly drops to a thin ring of foam

S. Smells of sweet orange peel, slight pine and slight grapefruit

T. Tastes of lots and lots of orange peel, strong grapefruit bitterness and some tartness in the finish. Not a lot of depth. Just kind of a smack in the face.

M. Medium body, mild carbonation with a chewy wet finish.

O. A decent brew. Not anything overly amazing. It’s a very one sided DIPA compared to most of what I have had. Only semi-interesting. Would be okay to kill a fewe for a buzz, but not something I will likely buy in the future. There are a lot of readily available beers in-store I would grab first.

MBrausen, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Balanced taste / palate until a real alcohol-fueled kick at the end. A very bitter finish - quite pleasant, if that's what you're looking for - but a much boozier taste than I'd expected. At 9.4%, alcohol flavour is to be expected, and without the (super) sweetness of many barley wines. Something to enjoy on occasion, but definitely not a session beer.

hopsolutely, Nov 05, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Packaged 4/11..looking forward to trying this with freshness upon it.
Light orange pour, light carbonation, a bit hazy but not murky, little bit of lace.
Aromas of faint citrus hops and slight sweetness. Not much here. Not unpleasant, just light and disappointing. Like finding out your son is ballerina. And he's a terrible ballerina.
Nice bitterness, good malt and hop balance, a little booze present. Grapefruit, floral, a little pine. Decent flavor but it's not outta control like I expect from these guys. A little light on body, and overall a bit of a disappointment.
Not bad, but not up to my Founders standards. Probably will try a bottle of the new batch when it comes out next, but I doubt I'll be excited about it.

dragonWhale, May 01, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a filtered light golden amber with a frothy off white head that quickly fades to a clumpy film with streaks of lacing.

Aroma is mildly solventy with a pleasant grapefruit citrus struggling to gain the upper hand. Generally overly sweet and boozy in the nose.

Body has a strong caramel malt sweetness with a lingering, excessively dry sweet citrus finish. Thicker side of medium body with light carbonation, the net effect is an overly sweet, tangy DIPA.

A solid DIPA if you find it fresh (and don't mind some harsh booze), but nowhere near the class of this style.

yourefragile, Apr 13, 2011
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3.24/5  rDev -23.2%

BostonHoppa, Sep 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Spartan13, Jul 20, 2013
Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 5,614 ratings.